Finally M&S seem to have seen the light in green retailing. Every business must by now be aware that taxes for landfill of rubbish, high emissions and energy costs will hit them sooner or later. Also its great PR to be green. Just think of the "out of town" Sainsbury on the Greenwhich peninsular which assuages its guilt at being located in the middle of a giant car park by hoisting a couple of windmills!
So will M&S be any different? Well they have had Jonathon Porritt helping them set it up and a read of today's press release seems to offer some cause for optimism. However will this mean that M&S starts to abandon their out of town locations, will they be importing less by air, will they be using renewable resources in their clothing lines? At the moment its fleece from recycled plastic bottles - is that all there is?
A major cost of energy in their stores must be the lack of natural ventilation and natural light even though a lot of stores are only two storey. It would be interesting if just as John Lewis start filling in their atria (designed in the 40's to bring in natural light and ventilation) M&S start adding atria to their stores.